COUNTER-RACIST FILM REVIEW: Twelve

This film does not require much space to describe or analyze. The propaganda is so straight-forward that I recall the film in the same way that I would a cartoon. The story revolves around the main character, White Mike. There is a narrator speaking the captions of the cartoon who, in just the first half hour, repeats “White Mike” what seems like a hundred times. White Mike is portrayed as a tragic figure. White Mike is a high school drop-out whose mother has died of cancer the year before. All the scenes of the movie revolve around White Mike’s dealing of and/or association with illegal drugs.

Of course, White Mike get his illegal drug stock from the menacing black buck, Lionel, portrayed by 50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson. Films continue to portray black people as drug using and dealing, although the persons responsible for the portrayal in each of these expensive films know that every study has shown that black people do not use or sell drugs more than white people. Anyway, with malicious disregard—again, in this film, when White Mike’s customer wants the most dangerous, thrill-availing drug called Twelve, White Mike connects the customer directly to the Big Black Buck, Lionel.

White Mike’s customers are prep school students whose parents are obscenely monied. We are told by the narrator and the minor characters that THE most beautiful girl is a bland, blond girl, Sara Ludlow, who has had what looks like some off-price early facial surgery on her her always-red-painted lips the skin beneath which is oddly puffed out. Ludlow is singularly worshiped by all the males. Even the one black male student who is portrayed as a dorky, serious boy with no normal teenage interests and who has no interest in the two black female students. These two black females are seen at every event seeking the approval of the white students they worship. These black females are shown posing for pornographic photos and throwing themselves at white boys who wave them off like attention-seeking puppies. The propaganda of the racist/white supremacists is designed to keep victims from seeing what we are looking at and to see what we are told to see. So the fact that the black females, one black male student, and the Big Black Buck are the most physically beautiful persons in the film will not be a fact to most viewers who are not white. What are the chances that a white viewer sees this fact?

Almost certain, I think. The makers of the film deliver the sex scene they know most of the white audience (including card-carrying Klan members) craves.

Lionel, the big black buck, is so much about his money that he chases and shoots a black kid in the head who simply witnessed a shooting of a white kid who turned a gun on Lionel in a bad drug deal. Yet, the culmination of the film is a shoot-out sparked when White Mike enters a bedroom where the Big Black Buck, Lionel, is receiving an alternate form of payment by a white girl who was too strung out to pay money for the drug Twelve. The Big Black Buck has agreed to receive payment in two installments of sexual intercourse with this white girl in lieu of the $1,000 price usually demanded.—Pause.—– By the end of the scene, several people are dead including Lionel who is the only corpse that is half-naked. Ludlow is dead. A high price to pay for letting that black buck in. Pun intended. Tell a friend. Tell a fan of Mr. Curtis Jackson.

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One Response to “COUNTER-RACIST FILM REVIEW: Twelve”

  1. Many of your points are good, but not sure why you would make the point ‘So the fact that the black females, one black male student, and the Big Black Buck are the most physically beautiful persons in the film will not be a fact to most viewers who are not white. What are the chances that a white viewer sees this fact?’ and what you mean by that?
    A series I really liked was the Wire – do you find that racist and how? I am from the UK, so may have missed debate on this.

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